Eric Carle / November

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The Art of Eric Carle: From A to Z

Through March 20, 2016

For nearly fifty years, Eric Carle’s picture books have been internationally recognized for their vibrant images and distinctive collage techniques. His stories are charming, but they’re layered with learning too. As children read Carle’s books about animals, families, and fables, they also learn their colors, numbers, and letters.

Carle recognizes the creative and inquisitive nature of children and he wants to—in his own words—“show them that learning is really both fascinating and fun.” This exhibition introduces the ABCs of Carle’s own colorful career. It explores his themes, personal interests, and artistic techniques. Some of his most familiar characters are showcased alongside artworks on view for the first time.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation.

Gray Matter: David Macaulay’s Black and White

Through November 29, 2015

The Carle exhibition features the original art from David Macaulay’s Caldecott award-winning Black and White. This exhibition celebrates the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication. Heralded as one of the first post-modern picture books where a unified linear narrative was rejected, the book comprises four possible stories arranged in four panels per page which the reader can read according to their preference. In his acceptance speech, Macaulay praised the committee for its choice of such a seemingly unorthodox book. The visitor will be able to gain a deeper understanding of Macaulay’s process through the wealth of preliminary material. Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Magic, Color, Flair: the World of Mary Blair

November 14, 2015 – February 21, 2016

For more than a dozen years, a soft spoken woman from Oklahoma dominated art and design at the Walt Disney Company. Mary Blair (1911–1978) set the artistic tone for the classic animated films Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. She was Walt’s favorite artist and he championed her talent in a male-dominated studio system. Blair’s exuberant color palette and modernist style endures today in the fanciful murals at Disney’s Contemporary Hotel and in the popular theme park attraction it’s a small world.

Blair’s creative influence further extended to print media. As a freelance artist working in New York in the 1950s, she became a popular illustrator for national magazines and advertisers. She designed clothing, window displays, and theatrical sets. Blair’s original paintings from her five Little Golden Books—including I Can Fly and The Up and Down Book—will be on view alongside her Disney film production work and her personal sketchbooks.

Magic, Color, Flair: the world of Mary Blair is organized by The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, CA.


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Strega Nona Tells All: A Conversation with Tomie dePaola

November 7, 2015
Free with Museum Admission

Conversation SOLD OUT – Call 413.658.1126 to be added to the waitlist. All are welcome to join us for the book signing immediately following the program.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Tomie dePaola’s Caldecott Honor Award-winning book, Strega Nona, whose protagonist has been described by the American Library Association as “an enduring character who has charmed generations of children.” Join Barbara Elleman, creator of Book Links Magazine, and Tomie dePaola as they celebrate his newest book release, The Magical World of Strega Nona, a wonderful treasury featuring six Strega Nona stories, and discuss how Strega Nona’s world has developed through the years. Book signing to follow program.

Amherst Storybook Project, with Luminarium Dance Company

November 8, 2015
12:30pm and 1:30pm
Free with Museum Admission

This year, Luminarium’s annual Cultural Community Outreach Project will create a picturebook celebrating Amherst’s residents and paying homage to the town’s deep roots in literature and children’s books. Watch as the dancers perform in front of art works created for the project, then join the company for a brief Q&A about the creative process.

Special Storytime: Kate Hosford

November 8, 2015
Free with Museum Admission

What do you feed a trapeze family to keep them up in the air? A fire eater with a penchant for hot sauce? Or a lion with a gourmet palate? How do you satisfy a sweet-toothed human cannonball who’s outgrowing his cannon? Join award-winning author Kate Hosford to find out as she reads poems by their personal chef who is both delightful and downright funny.  This chef’s whimsical perspective of circus life might just make you hungry!  Book signing to follow.

Special Art Activity with Susan Schwake

November 14, 2015
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Drop by the Art Studio to meet Susan Schwake, author of five art project books for kids, including Art Camp, to be released this fall. Susan will sign books in the Art Studio and help guests create and play with their own shadow puppets.

Picture Book Theatre presents: Rooster’s Off to See the World and “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle

November 14, 21, 2:00pm
November 27, 28, 2:00pm and 3:00pm
Program Ticket (show only) – $6 (Members $5)

Combo Ticket (includes Museum Admission) – Save $3 off Museum Admission

See Eric Carle’s stories come to life with puppets and young dancers.  Produced by Therese Brady Donohue, 2008 winner of the MCC’s Gold Star Award.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126.

Members Opening Reception: Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair

November 14, 2015
5:00pm – 7:00pm

5:00 Reception

6:15 Conversation

Join us for a special Members’ evening to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition. A conversation with collector/author Angela DiTerlizzi and animator/illustrator Claire Keane, along with Executive Director Alix Kennedy and Chief Curator Ellen Keiter, will examine the enduring artistic contributions of Mary Blair.

Special Storytime: Claire Keane

November 15, 2015
Free with Museum Admission

Following her work as an animation artist on Disney films including Tangled and Frozen, Claire Keane now presents her debut picture book, Once Upon a Cloud, which tells the sweet story about finding the right gift for someone very special. Book signing to follow.

Special Sundays in the Studio: Queen for a Day

November 22, 2015
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Create your own unique version of Alice in Wonderland’s Queen (or King) of Hearts with all red paints, papers and found materials.

All About Alice Day

November 22, 2015
1:00pm – 4:00pm

A day of programs celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Mad Hatter Family Tea Party

1:00pm – 2:00pm
$5 Members; $10 Non-member Youth; $12 Non-Member Adult

Don’t be late for this very important date! Wear your favorite hat and follow the white rabbit to The Carle Café for an afternoon of tea, cookies, and a special art project!

Price includes Museum Admission. Reservations required. Reservations may be made in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling (413) 658-1126. A Look at Alice: Gallery Talk with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

A Look at Alice: Gallery Talk with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter

1:00pm – 1:30pm Free with Museum Admission

Adventures with Alice

A Conversation with Leonard Marcus, Barry Moser, and Charles Santore

Free with Museum Admission

The Carle Bookshop Holiday Sale

November 27 – November 29, 2015
All day
Museum Admission not required

15-75% off books and toys. Members save an additional 15%.

In-store only

Happy Birthday, Eloise! A Special Storytime with Hilary Knight

November 28, 2015
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the 60th birthday of Eloise, declared by The New York Times as “one of the most recognizable characters in children’s literature!” Illustrator Hilary Knight, who has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Kay Thompson’s Eloise in 1955, will be here for a special storytime program followed by a book signing.


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An Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies

November 20, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

(4 PDPs) Learn about Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), the principles of which guide the educational programming at the Museum. Designed as a way of teaching viewers to find meaning and pleasure in works of art, these strategies are based on the work of cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen and veteran museum educator, Philip Yenawine.  Participants will be introduced to Housen’s theory of aesthetic development, discuss and analyze the strategies, experiment with the method in small groups, and discuss ways in which these strategies can enhance teaching and reinforce the state standards in Language Arts.


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